Societal and political engagement of young people in environmental issues – STEP
When: June 2015 – December 2017
Where: Various countries
The STEP project addresses the need of public organisations to effectively open their decision-making procedures that have an environmental impact to young people. The overall objective of the project is to develop and pilot test an e-Participation cloud platform, enhanced with web / social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features, which will promote the societal and political participation of young people in the decision-making processes on environmental issues.
Four pilots in an operational environment had been selected for the deployment of STEP solution in 4 locations: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, with the participation of one regional authority, 3 municipalities, and an association of municipalities. The pilots were expected to involve testing by 8.200 young users and 85 policy makers.
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Aim and objectives:
The aim of the project was to develop and test an e-Participation cloud platform, which will promote the societal and political participation of young people in the decision-making processes on environmental issues.
- To enable public authorities to quickly open their decision-making processes to young people.
- To enable young citizens to participate in decision-making on issues with environmental impact.
- To develop engagement and motivation strategies for increasing youth participation in environmental decision making.
- To pilot test the services in an operational environment in terms of technical, organisational and legal feasibility, with the participation of end users (young citizens) and policy makers.
- To assess the usability, effectiveness and impact of the project in embedding open engagement in public sector processes, and to identity the key barriers for wide scale deployment.
- To ensure appropriate dissemination and realistic exploitation of project activities and results.
- Draxis Environmental S.A. (Greece)
- Youth and Environment Europe (Czech Republic)
- Kairos Future AB (Sweden)
- Linguatec GMBH (Germany)
- Centre for Research and Techonology Hellas (Greece)
- Inmark Europa S.A. (Spain)
- Sampas Bilisim Ve Iletisim (Turkey)
- University of Abertay Dundee (UK)
- Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
- Region of Crete (Greece)
- Comune di Sant’Agata del Bianco (Italy)
- Ajuntament de Mollet del Valles (Spain)
- Ayuntamiento de Valdemoro (Spain)
- planO2 Consulting Services Private Company AB (Greece)
This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649493